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  1. Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes Village Elder

    Firstly, below is the performance of a chinese made sample. These chinese rims i see being fitted on many cars here in kenya. You can get a set from $160 for a 14 inch in nairobi. This translates to ksh 4000 a piece for an alloy wheel. Really? Si chinese wako na jokes. scratched very easily. I hear they are made of scrap and makers have no idea what metal they used. Cheapest new genuine alloy wheels begin at $1200 and above for a set if the manufacturer is local to the country of purchase. Imports are another story.

    genuine second hand ex germany, ex uk, or ex japan are usually too old, scratched or paint faded and finding a good one is needle in a haystack problem; and they are still twice or thrice as expensive. Even when you find good second hand ones that fit your wheel hub and studs, most often than not, they are not made for your car engine size, torque, power at the wheel, or even looks(body shape). So you install them and effect is opposite(your car is ugly, lags and consumes more). light rims are not cast, but forged and visibly less chunky. We have no idea how chinese make theirs. Whats your opinion of Chinese rims and tires here in kenya?
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    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
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  2. Afro

    Afro Village Elder

    watu watajua cheap is expensive when the rims fails at high speed kwa highway
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  3. snapdragon

    snapdragon Village Elder

    Ati hata muchaina mwenyewe hajui ni chuma gani:D
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  4. Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes Village Elder

    Atajua aje na ni chuma ameselect kutoka kwa old items akamelt uchafu na oxides pamoja.
  5. okebe okebe

    okebe okebe Senior Villager

    Is that a "Chinese" Bentley?
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  6. A.G.

    A.G. Village Elder

    Hehe izi rims ndizo naonaga mwenye gari ako na wheel spanner. kila time ni kutighten screws .
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  7. vanadium

    vanadium Village Elder

    Africa should reduce shiny rim consumption. It's a waste of money.

    I am always dazzled by my friend at car wash. He usually start washing car from the rims, and spend disproportionate zeal to clean rims at expense of rest of the car.

    There something like emotional attachment to shiny rim.
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  8. Riva

    Riva Village Elder

    Kwa hivyo afadhali mtu atosheke na hizi za kuwekwa wheelcap...
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  9. muria.mboco

    muria.mboco Village Elder

    I bet you could have @introvert Paint a 3d image of the desired rim on your wheelcaps for full effect
  10. blueline

    blueline Village Elder

    The Chinese have got a wide range of quality.
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  11. Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes Village Elder

    Unajua zingine hazinanga shimo ya kutosha. stud zinajaa kabisa kwa shimo. Rim original iko na shimo kubwa inaingia lug nut proper kama hii ya kwanza inaenda through rim kabisa na inakuwa na washer ndio isifikie hub na thread yake isifike mwisho ukitighten. Sasa china zingine shimo haitoshi unaweka kama hiyo ya pili inafungia hapo juu kama steel rims. alloys zinakuwa thick sa kathread kanashika ni kadogo ukitumia hiyo nut ya pili hapo chini. Alafu juu china ni cast aluminum alloy inakulika inakuwa loose inabidi uende ukikaza.
    lug nuts for alloys.
    fancy nuts for steel rims
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  12. Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes Village Elder

    Kuna rims lakini used OEM ama original BBS, Enkei, Eco Forme, and the likes. just be wary of the weight in case of OEM. lakini ni expe. Achana na hii bbs knock off ya china naona zikiuzwa mpya.
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  13. muria.mboco

    muria.mboco Village Elder

    Iko jangili pale industrial area ilituuzia Lug nut 5k a piece ati coz it was an e34. But the rims were the real deal From Deutsches Reich
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  14. introvert

    introvert Village Sponsor

    Mimi nimekatalia my stock steels na original banana rims.
    Sipendi negro behaviour.
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  15. Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes Village Elder

    Sasa 5k a piece gari ya 5 studs per wheel unatoa elfu mia moja kwa studs peke yake?
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  16. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    Easily solved by getting the right wheel nuts for the rims.
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  17. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    Incidentally, this is part of the problem that plagues our building and construction industry. Hizo chuma za ujenzi nyingi aren’t pure and therefore do not behave as expected.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
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  18. upepo

    upepo Village Elder

    Hapa laumu importers who have a habit of going for the cheapest bila kuuliza maswali.If you want quality in China, you will get it.If you are just a plain trader who does not look beyond prices, you end up with problems.
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  19. introvert

    introvert Village Sponsor

    This problem is all-pervasive.
    One of the top three steel mills in Japan has admitted to faking test results on the integrity of their steel.
    Besides car manufacturers like Nissan, panic has reached even UK train builders who use their product.
    Worst thing is the cooked results date back a decade.
    So as you ride in your brand new second hand jalopy, chunga head-on collision na nduthi.
    It is you that might die.
    From cooked profits to cooked books, hizi corporates tamalisa sisi.
  20. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    Come to think of it, I chanced on that story of the Japanese steel mill in the news early this week!

    Somebody once narrated how some of these broken/ cracked alloy rims are welded at Ngara, kisha zinapakwa filler, zinapigwa sandpaper, given a new coat of shiny paint and buffed, then taken to the shops awaiting a new customer.
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